I’ve been fighting an odd issue and finally found a resolution with the assistance of TrendMicro’s support.
A few users (six out of 22k) reported that they weren’t getting email from anyone outside of the network. A few test messages from my web mail accounts (Gmail, Hotmail, and my own domain) revealed an interesting issue.
These few accounts were getting this error:
Arrival-Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 06:02:56 -0700
Diagnostic-Code: smtp;554 5.7.1
: Recipient address rejected: Access denied
This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification
Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:
Technical details of permanent failure:
PERM_FAILURE: Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 554 554 5.7.1 < [firstname.lastname@example.org]>: Recipient address rejected: Access denied (state 14).
I tested SMTP connectivity to the Exchange server by telnetting to the device from outside and inside the network to attempt to narrow down the block. Our Exchange server is protected by TrendMicro ScanMail, and we utilize a TrendMicro Interscan Messaging Security Appliance on our DMZ to provide more spam and virus protection.
I narrowed it down to the IMSA appliance but couldn’t locate the problem in the logs. The MTA logs simply stated Access Denied… not very helpful. So after a short wait on hold, TrendMicro support asked me to deactivate the Network Reputation Services, a learning adaptive IP filtering system that blocks spam senders before they finish connecting.
I later found that the NRS is configured on the appliance AND on TrendMicro’s Email Reputation Service website. lets you create an account using your IMSA’s activation code. Then you can log in and configure the “aggressiveness” of the NRS filters.
If you’ve already laid out the cash for the IMSA, get your email servers registered on this site to make sure they don’t get blocked or at least you’ll have a higher rating with other Trend users on the internet.
It was a frustrating problem that I hope nobody else has, but if they do I hope you find this helpful. If this doesn’t fix it, give Trend a call. Enterprise wait time was less than a minute and had me up and running in less than 10 minutes.